Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) in the Upper East Region has called on government to urgently provide textbooks, infrastructure and furniture to schools to address the falling standards in teaching and learning.
The Regional GNAT Chairman, Maurice Korah said the lack of teaching materials amid infrastructure challenges is heartbreaking for most people in the region.
According to him, the situation has affected the academic performance of the students as many continue to lose hope in education in the region.
He said this at the 6th quadrennial (53rd) District delegates at the Garu -Tempane branch of GNAT under the theme, "Engaging Stakeholders to Improve Educational Delivery in the 21st Century: Our Individual Role."
The members of GNAT, Coalition of Concern Teachers Association (CCT) and Ghana National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) are worried over the delayance of the Ghana Education Service to provide the prescribed textbooks for the new curriculum for basic schools.
According to the teachers, it has been almost two years now since the new curriculum came into effect but there are no textbooks for use.
The situation, the teachers stressed, was thwarting their efforts at providing quality education in the Garu district.
The special guest of honour, Philip Ferederick Alale, District Director of Education, Garu, encouraged teachers to put in their best to ensure the standard of education is high in the district.
He noted that teaching is a calling which hinges on commitment, devotion, hard work, selfless service and humanity.
Dr. David Ayaaba Asiakiba, the Principal of Gbewaa College of Education, in a speech read on his behalf called on parents to provide the necessary basic needs of their wards such as uniforms, furniture and food to make them learn at ease.
At the end of the conference, Mr Apuyinga Emmanuel and Mr Mbilla Joseph Ayaaba were elected Chairman and Vice respectively while Mr Bukari Yahaya and Mr Mbisah Abugri Timothy were elected Treasurer and trustees.
The rest of the elected executives are:
Issaka Haadi - Youth Coordinator
Ndeogo Gifty - GNATLAS Coordinator
Azuuga Isaac - SHS Rep
Ababiga Abraham - Basic School Coordinator
Atule Joseph Ayariga - Educ/Adm Rep